JST530 Research Methodology and Dissertation Proposal (16)

This subject will introduce students to research methodology in the area of policing and law enforcement. It will provide students with the opportunity to prepare their dissertation proposal in a structured and tightly supervised manner ensuring that all students maximise their potential to successfully complete the Masters program. The subject will require students to develop the research hypothesis in consultation with their supervisor. Students will be required to select and develop appropriate research method(s). They will also be required to conduct a literature review and seek all 'approvals' required before conducting the proposed research.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST530. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Must have successfully completed at 'credit' grade or above all of the requirements of one of the associated Graduate Diploma Courses. The associated courses are the Graduate Diploma of Investigation Management, Fraud and Financial Investigation,Criminal Intelligence, Terrorism Safety and Security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the broad body of knowledge in Aspecialist field, including recent developments in theory and practice
  • Demonstrate mastery of the key theoretical underpinnings in your specialist field's environment, be able to reflect critically on these, and on their impact on professional practice
  • Demonstrate mastery in the skills needed to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to JST530
  • Introduction to research
  • Developing a research proposal
  • Conducting a review of the literature
  • Ethics in research

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST530 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions
Research proposal
Ethics in research essay or application for hrec
Literature review

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school provides students with the opportunity to share their research outcomes, and revisit learning in specific areas of research activity.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.